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Charlie Schlenker

News Director

GLT News Director Charlie Schlenker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated from Augustana College. He has spent more than three decades in radio and has won numerous state and national awards for journalism. He lives in Normal with his family.

A biulding cordoned off with yellow tape and police officers standing outside.
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Authorities have identified the three people shot to death at 311 Riley Drive in Bloomington Monday afternoon.

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Leaders in Normal said they hope new stream bank management practices approved by the council will encourage other entities to adopt the same methods to prevent erosion and create buffer zones of natural foliage.

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Three men were killed and a toddler was critically injured Monday in a shooting at an apartment building on Riley Drive in Bloomington. There have now been seven fatal shootings in Bloomington-Normal in less than two months.

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Tim Gleason from Decatur has been named Bloomington’s next city manager.

Bloomington Police

A 24-year-old Rantoul man appeared in McLean County court Thursday to face drug-induced homicide charges in a Bloomington overdose.

Three people posed in an art gallery
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Hear five stories about the moon and lunacy from people in Bloomington-Normal.

A crowd of mourners of all ages.
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Friends and neighbors of two slain young people in Bloomington said they just do not understand how it came to this.

Bloomington police said they found a man and a woman dead from gunshot wounds overnight Sunday.

After reports of multiple gunshots about 1:09 a.m., officers went to the area of 1221 Orchard Street and found the victims. Two other people had also been shot. Officers said they had non-life threatening injuries and were taken to area hospitals.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Mayor Chris Koos said State Farm's recent job restructuring will likely have its biggest impact locally on home values.

Dietz Pleased With State Budget

Jun 4, 2018
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The new state budget includes $1.3 million in additional money for Illinois State University.

Crossing guard vest and whistle
Mario / Flickr

The Town of Normal is outsourcing its crossing guard program.

A bewildering maze of hollow plastic pipes charged with air that can keep balls aloft enchants children.
Children's Discovery Museum / Town of Normal

UPDATED 3 p.m. | Back when the state budget crisis was just kicking off, the Department of Natural Resources announced more than $1 million in grant money for Bloomington-Normal museums and the Miller Park Zoo. That money never came, as Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers refused to compromise on a budget and years of standoff turned into years of cuts.

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McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers has been chosen to become a judge, the Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday.

A picture of a boy with a spelling bee trophy
Scripps National Spelling Bee

2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion Karthik Nemmani lists his home as McKinney, Texas. Until last year, though, he lived in Bloomington-Normal.

an image of the mall entrance
Staff / WGLT

Sears is closing another 72 stores after reporting a first-quarter loss and plunging sales. The store at Eastland Mall in Bloomington is not on the latest closure list.

Illinois Wesleyan University's softball team has finished second in the nation in Division III.

City of Bloomington

The City of Bloomington is inviting the public to meet the finalists for the job of city manager.

Baseball players at Duffy Bass Field.
Staff / WGLT

Illinois State University is firing its baseball coach.

Picture of a building holding HCC classrooms
Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College is switching its location in Lincoln.

Finding the middle on gun control is not easy. Joe Miller of Central Illinois Precision shooting says the media are full of the extremes on the gun issue. GLT's Ryan Denham also talks with young shooters about what they find fulfilling in using guns. Plus, ISU Galleries Director Barry Blinderman is stepping down after decades of helping shape the twin cities arts scene. Laura Kennedy has more. And Jon Norton talks with the Poster Children, out with a new album after more than a decade away for parenting.

The scorched corner of a home
Normal Fire Department

You probably thought the only danger from puffy cottonwood seeds drifting in thick clouds as they do this time of year was a nasty allergy attack. Not so.

Firefighters in Normal said someone flicked a cigarette onto a carpet of cottonwood fluff Thursday afternoon. The seeds acted like tinder, according to the fire department. Hot air from the fires caused the light seeds to lift off and float across the yards at 1703 and 1705 Taft, igniting several small patches of flame.

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A test program the state treasurer is promoting could increase the rate at which Illinoisans save for retirement.

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Direct contributions to the United Way continue to decline as companies nationwide and in McLean County reduce the number of workplace campaigns and allow workers to make individual choices where their money goes.

Retiring City Engineer Gene Brown (center left) receives the congratulations of the Normal Council for his decades of service.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Town of Normal will test a program to turn a parking place or two into cafe tables and chairs for businesses.

Congressman Rodney Davis at a microphone.
Staff / WGLT

Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis made his comments Thursday afternoon. The House voted Friday morning against the Farm Bill. The vote was 198 to 213. All Democrats voted against the measure, and were joined by 30 conservative Republicans. The GOP lawmakers, members of the House Freedom Caucus, voted no after failing to get concessions on spending and a future vote on immigration in exchange for their support.

John Stark is in his first year as the Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and the Chicago Tribune ranks the festival number one in summer must see events. Nothing like pressure! More on the summer season with Laura Kennedy. Plus, Ryan Denham looks at the competitive pressures State Farm Insurance is facing. Plus, the Blues and roots music of Samantha Fish is refreshing and varied. Jon Norton has more.  And it's GLT's Grow.

Staff / WGLT

Amid the many moves by State Farm Insurance comes a hiring fair.

Unit 5 district offices
Staff / WGLT

Starting teachers in the Unit 5 school district will do a little better next year under a new contract approved by the school board.

Michael Hill / WGLT

The new Bloomington police chief will be the current assistant chief.

:  Faculty Association Lead Sean Colcleasure and Board Chair Gregg Chadwick sign the new 3-year agreement.
Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College and its faculty union have agreed on a three-year contract.

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